Today, you'll have just a little more time—one second to be exact. June 30 marks the first time since 2012 that we've had a global leap second. The course correction accounts for the fact that the Earth's rotation is gradually slowing down (and that time is a construct).
The leap second will be observed right before 8 pm Eastern, where there will be a 7:59:60 before 8:00:00. There have been 25 leap seconds observed since 1972, but this is the first to happen while global financial markets are open, and people are having a bit of a freakout.
Want to make the most of your extra second? Here are things you can do around the home:
- Straighten a frame
- Wipe your counter
- Dim the lights (everything instantly looks cleaner)
- Fluff a pillow
- Light a candle
- Snap a shelfie
- Pet the cat/dog/iguana
- Pour a drink
- Watch a 1-second video
How are you spending your leap second?
- On Tuesday, the world gets a ‘leap’ second. Are we all gonna die? | Washington Post
- With 61 Seconds in a Minute, Markets Brace for Trouble | Bloomberg News